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August 9, 2009

Cunniffe Crowned Pony Medal Champion

Bonnie Cunniffe has a problem. When her daughter Ailish missed a lead change in the medium pony over fences class yesterday, she promised the 12-year-old that if she shaped up and won today’s USEF Pony Medal Final she would get her a new puppy.

So after Ailish put in a pair of stellar rounds to beat out 217 riders today, Sunday Aug. 9, Bonnie will have to explain to her husband, Frank, why she defied his objections and brought home a new Corgi from Lexington, Ky.

August 8, 2009

For The Laughter Has The Last Laugh At Pony Finals

It’s not easy being the last pony on course at the USEF Pony Finals. That rider has to wait around at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington all day, reevaluating her plan for the toughest pony hunter course of the season.

But the extra pressure didn’t stop Victoria Colvin from earning the highest scores of the week—a pair of 90s and a 93—aboard For The Laughter to claim the large pony hunter and grand pony hunter titles today, Aug. 8.

August 7, 2009

A Special Day For Everyday Enzo

Carly Reinsel may have a new lucky number: 13.

She and her partner in the USEF Pony Finals lay that far down in the small pony hunter standings following yesterday’s model and under saddle—almost out of tricolor contention. But today, Friday, Aug. 7, Reinsel put in the trip of her young career in Lexington, Ky., to win the single small pony over fences class, which counts for 50% of the championship, and claim the overall small pony title.

August 6, 2009

Darst Dominates In The Greens

Meredith Darst knows a little something about USEF Pony Finals. After all, as the daughter of pony hunter guru Mindy Darst she’s been coming to this competition for as long as she can remember. 

But today, Thursday, Aug. 6, proved her best day yet, when she rode Kimberden’s Brownland’s Mr. Mack and All Seasons Farm’s Rock The Boat to the small green and medium green pony hunter championships in Lexington, Ky., as well as the grand green and reserve grand green titles.

July 31, 2009

Glenhaven Audrey Floats To The Top Of The North American Pony Futurity

The plan for Glenhaven Audrey is all coming together for Dan Short.

The elegant chestnut mare was sent to him last year to be sold, but she caught his eye, and he ended up buying her himself. The decision paid off, as Audrey topped the 4- and 5-year-old division of the North American Pony Futurity at the Old Dominion Horse Show on July 18 in Manakin-Sabot, Va.

February 20, 2009

A Winner That's EZ To Spot

Adam Sklansky trained his colorful companion from a wild 4-year-old to a winning pony jumper.

Most people who took a look at EZ To Spot 31⁄2 years ago wouldn’t have paired him with Adam Sklansky. The spirited Pony Of The Americas had just turned 4, and at the time 11-year-old Sklansky competed in the short stirrup division.

But Sklansky had his eye on the pony jumper ring, and as soon as he climbed aboard EZ To Spot he knew that the match would work.

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